The Patient's Eyes: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

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"It is to you that I owe Sherlock Holmes."-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to his mentor, renowned forensic scientist Dr. Joseph Bell

As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle, famously studied under the pioneering forensic detective Dr. Joseph Bell. Taking this as a starting point, author David Pirie has woven a compelling thriller which partners Bell (widely believed to be the model for Sherlock Holmes himself) and Doyle as innovators in criminal investigation, exploring the strange underworld of violence and sexual hypocrisy running below the surface of the Victorian era.

When the impoverished young Arthur Doyle opens his first medical practice, he is puzzled by the symptoms presented by Heather Grace, a sweet young woman whose parents have died tragically several years before. Heather has a strange eye complaint, but is also upset by visions of a phantom bicyclist who vanishes as soon as he is followed. This enigma, however, is soon overshadowed as Doyle finds himself embroiled in more threatening events-including the murder of a rich Spanish businessman-that call for the advice of the eminent Dr Bell. But despite coming to Doyle's aid, Dr Bell dismisses the murder of Senor Garcia as a rather unimportant diversion from the incident which Bell considers to have real criminal implications: the matter of the patient's eyes and the solitary cyclist.

David Pirie gained rave reviews for his screenplay depicting the "real" Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Joseph Bell, in the two part, Edgar-nominated TV series "Murder Rooms." Treading that same critically acclaimed ground, The Patient's Eyes is the first in a stand-alone cycle of novels written from Doyle's point of view that include a whole new perspective on the adventures of Bell and Doyle and the genesis of the best-known detective in all of mystery literature. Tense and dramatic The Patient's Eyes marks the debut of a brilliant new crime novelist.

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Critical Acclaim for David Pirie's The Patient's Eyes

"It is the combination of style and scholarship...that gives this atmospheric yarn the heightened thrill of intellectual challenge."--The New York Times Book Review

"A satisfying Borgesian mix of library riddle, fact, and conjecture, which sidesteps the well-trodden route as a way of investigating Doyle's troubled beginnings."-The Guardian

"A witty elegant conceit...charged with full-blooded melodrama. Pirie creates a convincing Victorian world of eerie moors and fearless detectives, impenetrable ciphers, and strange hooded assassins. Even the novel's villain, the monstrous naturalist Charles Blythe, is a quintessentially Doylean creation.... This is a pacey, enjoyable yarn, with a surprising twist, that ranks with the best of the Doyle canon."-The Times Literary Supplement

"Truly frightening...David Pirie is delving into the `real' origins of the casebooks."-Time Out

"Read of the week. David Pirie has imagined a much closer association (between Doyle and Bell) of a Holmes-and-Watson kind though scarred with the unquestionably real tragedy of Doyle's alcoholic father and with imaginary melodramas... The idea is a better one than the innumerable...attempts by authors to capitalize on the Holmes name by putting him in concoctions of their own...If David Pirie ever writes a detective of his own I want to read him."-The Scotsman

"Not a novelization but a well-crafted and absorbing novel satisfying in its own right...far more entertaining and engrossing than so many Holmes pastiches that tread familiar paths...a recommended read."-Sherlock Holmes Magazine

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"Truly frightening."--Time Out

David Pirie gained rave reviews for his screenplay depicting the "real" Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Joseph Bell, in the two part, Edgar-nominated TV series "Murder Rooms." Treading that same critically acclaimed ground, The Patient's Eyes is the first in a stand-alone cycle of novels written from Doyle's point of view that include a whole new perspective on the adventures of Bell and Doyle and the genesis of the best-known detective in all of mystery literature...

The Patient's Eyes
When the impoverished young Arthur Doyle opens his first medical practice, he is puzzled by the symptoms presented by Heather Grace, a sweet young woman whose parents have died tragically several years before. Heather has a strange eye complaint, but is also upset by visions of a phantom bicyclist, who vanishes as soon as he is followed. But this enigma is soon overshadowed as Doyle finds himself embroiled in more threatening events-including the murder of a rich Spanish businessman-that call for the advice of the eminent Dr. Bell. But Dr. Bell dismisses the murder of Senor Garcia as a rather unimportant diversion from the incident which Bell considers to have real criminal implications: the matter of the solitary cyclist-and the patient's eyes...

"A witty elegant conceit...enjoyable...[with] a surprising twist, that ranks with the best of the Doyle canon." --The Times Literary Supplement

"An intellectual treat and a downright guilty pleasure."-The Washington Post Book World

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